Who is Māui? M ā ui is the

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 Who is Māui? M ā ui is the great trickster in M ā ori mythology. Who is Māui? M ā ui is the great trickster in M ā ori mythology. He is considered a clever and gifted demigod. There are many stories about M ā ui, both in M ā ori history and in the history of other Polynesian cultures. There are legends about M ā ui and his conquests. There are variations in all of his stories but the morals and role model are the same. M ā ui is thought to have magical powers, but he is human and lives as humans do.

 Māui’s Birth Some legends say M ā ui was born premature and his mother thought Māui’s Birth Some legends say M ā ui was born premature and his mother thought he was dead. She wrapped him in a bundle of hair, her topknot (tiki), and threw him into the ocean. The name, M ā ui-Tiki, or «M ā ui formed in the topknot“ was given to him.

 Māui’s Life After being thrown into the sea, it is said that either Tangaroa or Māui’s Life After being thrown into the sea, it is said that either Tangaroa or Rangi looked after M ā ui into his teen years. M ā ui went to look for his mother and brothers and began to live with them. M ā ui is the youngest of five brothers. They are jealous of him and do not trust him.

 Legends about Māui There are many legends about M ā ui. He is said to Legends about Māui There are many legends about M ā ui. He is said to have fished up New Zealand, slowed the sun and brought fire to the land.